Thursday, 30 October 2014

Maureen Lipman: Palestinians are Semites and they have the right to statehood

With all due respect for an actress of her standing, I must say that Maureen Lipman is absolutely wrong when she says that recognizing Palestine is Anti-Semite.

Jews are Arabs with another name. They are both Semites. The two state solution is something that should have been achieved in 1948 but then the conditions were not right and the British Mandate of Palestine was succeeded by what has become a human tragedy.
What is happening in what the Romans called Palestine is a catastrophe. With people on both sides of the divide living in fear. Jews and Palestinians are both human beings with rights and obligations.

As Israelis have a right to statehood, Palestinians have a right to statehood and there is nothing anti-Semite when we defend the fundamental right to exist and to be recognized.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

EU and Budget Cuts: Any rationality?

The news that more than billion Pound have been requested by EU as additional funding by the United Kingdom is not unexpected but it fall well within the range of irrational measures taken in recent times.

In a country in University students fall into high levels of debt, people are forced to leave their homes because of bedroom tax and reduction of housing benefits, the idea of giving even more money to the EU is absolutely nonsensical and to make matters worse Germany and France are supposed to get 'devolved funds'. The whole scheme is nonsense as it is nonsense to provide high levels of welfare benefits to other Europeans when British citizens living abroad would get inferior levels of welfare coverage or even none from other EU countries.

Of course, it doesn't occur to so call EU champions that the whole situation is completely unbalanced against the United Kingdom that is now supposedly being penalized for being more financially successful. But how successful the United Kingdom actually is? GDP numbers can hardly give a real picture of the British economy since population increases are proportionally higher than GDP increases and indicate, therefore, that productivity and income per capita are falling.

Zero Hour Contracts and Low-Pay hide dangerous levels of under-employment with people earning less and being less able to contribute to their own pensions funds if they have any. On top of that a so-called Think Tank even proposed to cut in half state pensions and lower taxes in a country in which public deficit is growing increasing public debt while at the same time private debt is growing because people who don't earn enough are supplementing their income with growing credit card debts and personal loans debt.

Yes, immigration is an issue and not just from countries outside the European Union. If average income is falling, this is a recipe for disaster. We are walking on melting thin ice.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Real British Nationalists don't downgrade British Nationalism

The vile and poison spread across Internet Forums are reminders of why British Nationalism is in the doldrums.

When ego is worth more than the aims of British Nationalism, when the tit for tat attacks matter more than the objectives Nationalism is trying to achieve, you instinctively know that there can be no victory.

In another time and another age, those who turn against the cause would have been shot or hanged. But we are the Twenty-First Century and honour and loyalty are in short supply as scarce also is the art of using our brains to discern and to tell the difference between rumours and facts. The principle of innocent until proven guilty does not seem to matter anymore and reputations are destroyed without any regard for truth nor evidence.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

BNP: From mythical rags to mythical riches

From time to time, depending on the political agenda, the British National Party is said to be either bankrupt or swimming in a sea of money. I call it 'Political Mythology'.

I see comments published across the Internet saying either 'the BNP is finished' or 'the BNP is getting tens of millions of Pound.

The fact is that those who say that the BNP is bankrupt are the same that few days days say that the BNP is getting millions of Pound in donations, and viceversa.

Depending on the point that they are trying to make, they say one thing or the other constantly, contradicting themselves and losing all credibility in the process.

The truth is that the BNP is neither bankrupt nor swimming in a sea of money. For those of us who have been around quite a while, the organization is basically funded by its members most of whom are not well-off individuals.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Think Tank (or Sink Tank) proposes to cut state pensions

A true recipe for disaster. A Think Tank (or shall we should say a 'Sink Tank', has proposed to cut down state pension and lower taxes. So let's see, already deprived pensioners will get even less money as pensions (pensions are already taxed) and on top of that in an economy that is collecting less tax with tax revenues falling the "SINK TANK" proposes to collect even less tax at a time when the deficit is growing and the balance of trade is negative. Brilliant!

From the News:

Cut state pension in half and lower taxes, says think tank

Institute of Economic Affairs proposes a radical solution to solve the ballooning cost of paying Britain's pensioners

Maybe somebody will propose hanging those who reach pensionable age because it costs too much to pay pensioners. What about gas chambers to save cost? We are reaching the highest levels of irrationality and the number of idiots seems to be rising.

Pensioners work and because they work they get their pensions. Pensions are not a charitable payment. People have paid for their pensions and they are entitled to receive their pensions.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Cannabis = playing Russian Roulette with your mental health

Daily Mail: Cannabis = Russian Roulette with Mental Health

Professor Wyane Hall, drugs advisor to the World Health Organization, highlights the dangers of cannabis.

The conclusion is: cannabis is highly addictive, causes mental health problems and opens the door to hard drugs.

The facts of a twenty year study on the consequences of cannabis us;

  • one in six teenagers who regularly smoke the drug become dependent on it
  • cannabis doubles the risk of developing psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia
  • cannabis users do worse at school. Heave use in adolescence appear to impair intellectual development
  • one in ten adults who regularly smoke the drug become dependent on it and those who use it are more likely to go on to use harder drugs
  • driving after smoking cannabis doubles the risk a car crash, a risk which increases substantially if the driver has also had a drink
  • smoking it while pregnant reduces the baby's birth weight. 
  • it is often harder to get people who are dependent on cannabis through withdrawal than for heroin
  • those who try to stop taking cannabis often suffer anxiety, insomnia, appetite disturbance and depression
  • long term use raises the risk of cancer, bronchitis and heart attack
The issue of cannabis is not about saving Police time as some politicians talk about. The issue of cannabis is a real problem that needs to be tackled as the problem that it is. 

Allowing the free flow of cannabis will make matters worse. Countries that have relaxed legislation concerning cannabis are experiencing a steady increase of the number of people getting into serious difficulties and this is something that affects us all as a society.

Mental illness can also lead to violent behaviour and destroy families. When you are faced with the consequences of drug abuse seeing people close to you going downhill, you know that this is not a laughing matter nor an issue that be glossed up.

The damage done by drub abuse is cumulative. If somebody's capacity to relate to others is affected, if somebody's capacity to think is impaired, if somebody's behaviour becomes erratic to the point that he/she is a danger to himself/herself and to others, including members of his/her own family, we must put pressure on politicians to do what is right instead of doing what they think is 'convenient/modern'. 

GDP growing but the deficit is still there and income per capita is falling

Public debt grew exponentially under the Labour Administration and public debt is growing under the Conservative/Liberal Democrat Administration.

GDP figures do not reflect reality. Although GDP has grown in nominal terms, in real terms income per capita has fallen. We have more people who earn less and save even less.

For years and years, we have heard about Pensions Blackhole.

Well, with people working today with Zero Hour Contracts and people not earning enough and therefore not paying enough taxes and unable to save, the country will have to spend even more to keep vast numbers of people alive and this means more expensive public services and higher welfare payments that will have to be supported with higher taxes and higher deficits.

What is more, the vast majority of those growing up below the poverty line will be disadvantaged and will inherit the state of deprivation that will be transferred from one generation to the next and this is the point when poverty becomes chronic poverty.

So then, what are the prospects for a country with entire segments of its population living in chronic poverty? You only have to look at countries where chronic poverty is a reality. If you don't earn enough, you don't feed yourself properly and you are plagued by illnesses, in time intelligence levels will fall creating an underclass that will be completely dysfunctional.

Children coming from disadvantaged households or unstable family relationships face an uphill struggle that will condition them for life.

The financial reality and the social reality walk hand in hand.